And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
1 John 5:11-12 – Scripture of the Weekend (March 15-16, 2014)
Christians, why should we be ashamed of this testimony? Eternal life is ours, the gift of God freely given! (Rom. 6:23) Why should we be ashamed of the gospel? (Rom. 1:16) To live forever in peace with God in heaven, when in reality we deserve the opposite (Rom. 6:23; Rev. 21:8; Eph. 2:8; Tit. 2:11). Our gratitude for this glorious gift should have us shouting his praises from the rooftops! (1 Pet. 2:9)
So again, why SHOULDN’T we testify of God’s love and grace? And why be afraid to say that the path to salvation is found in only one place, in one Man (John 14:6)? Why not tell of our allegiance to Jesus Christ? In him is life (John 1:4), and one resides in him only through repentance of sins and baptism (Gal. 3:26-27; Rom. 6:1-5). Want to have the Son of God? Obey his command found in Mark 16:16. Obey his commands, period (Luke 6:46; John 14:21-23).
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
John 3:17 – Scripture Of The Day (January 8, 2014)
Praise God that this is true! Two thousand years ago, God out of his great love for us all gave his only begotten Son, as the famous verse preceding this one states. He gave Jesus to be lifted up on that cross just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so that whoever believes in Jesus will be saved and have eternal life just as the Israelites who looked upon that serpent were saved from death by snake bite (John 3:14-16; cf. Num. 21:1-9). Believing in Jesus means to actively obey him (James 2:14-26), for the ones who obey him are the ones whom he will save (Heb. 5:9).
Yes, God sent Christ to the world to save the world rather than condemning it as it deserved…but sadly, the majority of the world will reject that gift (Matt. 7:13-14). As Jesus went on to say, “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God” (John 3:18-21). Most people will not believe in Jesus…and what is very sad is that many of them will be those who thought they did believe in Jesus but who truly didn’t because they didn’t truly obey him (Matt. 7:21-27; cf. 2 Tim. 4:3-4). Therefore, they won’t be ready when Jesus comes again…and this time he won’t come to save (1 Thess. 5:1-3; 2 Thess. 1:7-9).
And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
John 17:3 – Scripture Of The Day (January 6, 2014)
It is a very popular notion among religious folk who have been influenced by our post-modernistic, we’re-all-okay, everyone’s-right-and nobody’s-wrong society to try to take faith in Jesus Christ out of the salvation equation. Take this article by Fox News commentator Bernard Goldberg. He seems to offer a snarky criticism of the Roman Catholic Pope’s recent pronouncement that people who don’t believe in Jesus will go to heaven anyway…while at the same time joining the Pope in questioning the notion that only believers in Jesus will be saved…and then ends the article by denying that he’s an atheist and thus implying that he believes in God. Confusing, I know…
The truth is much simpler. Do you want eternal life? Know that there is only one true God, and know his Son, Jesus Christ. Those who will be condemned for eternity are those who do NOT know God and do not obey his Son’s gospel (2 Thess. 1:8-9). What does it mean to know God? Keep his commandments (1 John 2:3-5). What does it mean to obey the gospel of Jesus Christ? Believe in him (Mark 16:16), repent of your sins (Acts 17:30), be immersed via water into him and his body, the church (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; John 3:3-5; Gal. 3:26-27; 1 Cor. 12:13; Col. 1:18), and hold fast to his Word (1 Cor. 15:1-2).